Twenty minutes to curtain…
Dad: This should be great! I loved The Producers! And I don’t really care for musical theater!
Mom: This should be great! I loved The Producers! And I love musical theater!
Brother: I’m going to judge the entire show based on the first number.
Me: The Read More
Late in the second act of Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein comes the sublime song-and-dance showstopper that lifts us all into comic euphoria. The inspired, iconic version of “Puttin’ on the Ritz”—here adapted by director-choreographer Susan Stroman from the original 1974 movie—defines Mr. Brooks’ brand of manic genius. But, alas, the big number only emphasizes everything Read More
Mel Brooks’ expected smash hit musical Young Frankenstein opens tonight, but Mr. Brooks still feels the loss of his wife, Anne Bancroft, who died two years ago from cancer.
Over at Salon, Paul Mazursky celebrates Mr. Brooks and describes their weekly lunch at Orso with Michael Gruskoff, Alan Ladd Jr., Jay Kanter, Freddie Read More
The $450 top ticket price for the new Mel Brooks musical Young Frankenstein is shocking in this regard: Why so little?
After all, it’s a free country. If our Mel wants to charge a king’s ransom to see a show, what’s it to you? It’s good to be the king. As Max Bialystock says Read More
July 4, 2006
1:37, 1:39 a.m.
4 pounds, 10 ounces; 4 pounds, 14 ounces
Columbia Presbyterian Hospital
Alan Burdick is an editor at Discover, the science magazine, but his attitude toward the birth of his twins was far from objective. “I was probably like every father,” he said, “worried in advance about passing out and Read More
From today’s mailbag:
A MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT FROM MEL BROOKS & DAVID HASSELHOFF
Media Alert / Photo Opportunity
For Thursday, November 2, 2006
Who: Comedy legend Mel Brooks and television icon David Hasselhoff will make a major announcement on the stage of the St. James Theatre.
What: Press conference and photo/interview opportunity.
When: Thursday, November Read More
To stand a chance of having a good time at Paul Rudnick’s Valhalla , it would be best if you appreciated Greco-Roman art, crystal china, Wagner, carnal desire, camp, thinness, beauty in all its forms, braided wigs, interior design, Gothic architecture and Ethel Merman.
That takes care of me. But what about you ? I Read More
Although it’s a little unfair to Hershey Felder, I couldn’t help feeling a certain yearning for my favorite “Der Guten Tag Hop-Clop” song from The Producers as I went to see his solo stage biography of George Gershwin.
Mr. Felder, a Canadian concert pianist and actor who also wrote his rousing tribute to Gershwin, is Read More
Oh, boy! When things go right ! Mel Brooks’ The Producers at the St. James Theatre on Broadway is, quite simply, the best time you could ever wish for at the theater. The laughs, for one infectious, glorious thing, might leave you literally rolling in the aisles. The show actually liberates us from the blight Read More